Issues & Results

Healthcare

Together Colorado leaders are working at national, state and local levels to help families get the healthcare they need at prices they can afford.

National Level:

Together Colorado and PICO affiliates have most recently been focused on defending the Affordable Care Act as repeal efforts are underway at both state and national levels. Together Colorado leaders are also building on the passage of the Affordable Care Act along with members of other PICO affiliates. Together with partners such as hospitals, safety net clinics and government agencies such as Health and Human Services, Together Colorado leaders are exploring innovative models of care. These models extend primary care service to families who use the Emergency Room because they do not have access to the care they need to stay healthy. Together Colorado leaders will continue to engage in the important work of ensuring that our national success translates into local access to affordable care for Coloradoans. 


State and Local Level:

Together Colorado is currently co-leading a coalition of healthcare advocates to reform the Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation system (NEMT) in Colorado to further ensure the equitable access to healthcare for all clients.  As one of the lead partners of the All Kids Covered Initiative, Together Colorado leaders successfully worked for passage of key legislation in the just completed CO General Assembly. We eliminated the Medicaid stair step which means that families will now be able to cover all children under a single program, Medicaid or CHP+. As a part of All Kids Covered we Mop leaders also took part in a successful effort to require insurers to provide child only health plans. This means that more of Colorado's 170,000 children without access to basic health care will be able to get the care they need when they need it. In addition we were a part of successful passage of the Health Insurance Exchange which will allow the state to set up the infrastructure necessary for all Coloradoans to be covered by health insurance by 2014. Together Colorado Leaders will continue their work to reduce barriers and increase enrollment of eligible Colorado children in healthcare programs, especially among working families. Together Colorado congregations and schools also work locally on healthcare reforms. Currently, leaders are bringing educational events to their congregation to engage Coloradoans in a conversation about health care so that they can shape the decisions that affect their health.

 

 

 

Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People) is partnering with the Colorado Council of Churches to build the public will in Colorado that everyone deserves to get the care they need when they need it.  Please follow link www.cochurches.org  to learn more about the Colorado Council of Churches

Together Colorado is a member of the All Kids Covered Coalition.   Crossing the finish line together. Scoring a win for every Colorado child.  We have come a long way, but we're not done yet.  Colorado is a leader in covering kids. Roughly 9 out of 10 children have health insurance. Yet, between 112,000 and 124,128 kids are still uninsured – enough to fill every seat in Mile High Stadium one and a half times over. That's too many!

All Kids Covered strives – especially during tough economic times – to reduce the number of uninsured children in Colorado. As a non-partisan coalition, we advocate for sound policy and build public will. Please follow the link allkidscoveredcolorado.org to learn more

Overview of Colorado Health Benefits Exchange

Bridges to Care Program

We are partners in Aurora Health Access, which grew out of our organizing at St. Therese Catholic Church in the late 2000s.

Coloradans are falling through the cracks.

The medically underserved are people with life circumstances that make them susceptible to falling through the cracks in our health care system. Many do not have health insurance or cannot afford it; those who do have insurance sometimes face insufficient coverage. The medically underserved also include those who have trouble accessing health care for any reason. They are people who have illnesses or disabilities that have extended their need for care beyond their coverage, or people who live in remote areas where health services are scarce. As our health care system has become more complex and more difficult to navigate, even people with insurance and lots of resources can be underserved.

Learn more, and how you can help here:

http://www.ccmu.org/our-work/who-are-the-medically-underserved/